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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Website maps the sniffles


Now here's a sick map.

The Los Angeles Times has a story about a website called Who Is Sick? that allows you to post your sniffles, aches and pains by ZIP code or just click to see who else has let the world know how they really feel.

Today it would appear Boston has a lot of runny noses, with coughs coming in second. Beats the higher level of bloody stools and urine of five and seven weeks ago, according to spikes on the bar chart that filters certain symptoms.

The site was founded in March to help people figure out if they were suffering from just a bug that was going around or something more uncommon, according to the site. If misery does love company, there's also that urge to take the temperature of other cities.

Headaches in New York and Washington? About the same, at 14 and 15 percent. How about Miami? The map is empty, with no posts in the last 60 days. Or maybe it's just a slice of heaven.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:51 AM
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